Bregman sparks Tigers

Freshman Alex Bregman bounced back from an injury sustained on Friday as well as bad defensive play to help lead LSU to victory on Saturday night against Sam Houston State. Bregman was responsible for getting the LSU rally started in the eighth inning.

Just a day after a collision that looked like it could keep him out of action for quite a while, LSU freshman Alex Bregman provided the Tigers with a spark that helped them claim an 8-5 comeback victory over Sam Houston State. Bruises were still visible on the face of Bregman as he met with the media following the LSU win on Saturday night. However, it didn't affect the talented 6-0 190 pound freshman from Albuquerque, Nm.

Bregman got things started early for LSU with a double in the top of the first inning. He also went on to collect a total of three hits with one RBI, in addition to scoring the game-tying run. Following the game, Bregman broke down his approach against the Bearkats.

"I was just fortunate to put some good swings on some balls," said Bregman. "Guys got on base and I was seeing the ball well today. I was trying to use the right side of the field because I needed to get back to doing that. I just got some good pitches to hit today."

The double that Bregman hit in the first inning of Saturday's game was the center of controversy until the game was in hand for the Tigers. The ball carried to right-center field and appeared to bounce back into play after making contact with something behind the fence. However, after a short conference, the umpires ruled that Bregman must stay at second base, thus preventing a run from scoring for the Tigers.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri was still uncertain of how the play unfolded after the game on Saturday.

"Well, Bregman told me it was a homerun," said Mainieri. "He is always so positive and optimistic. I certainly couldn't see that far, but the umpires all got together and discussed it. It was a tough call."

While Bregman had a great day at the plate, he struggled in the field, especially in the first inning of the game. He finished the game by committing two errors that eventually led to runs by Sam Houston State.

Bregman understands that LSU played poorly in the field on Saturday, but he also believes that it helped spark the Tigers when they got down early.

"We didn't play our best defensive game," said Bregman. "After the first inning, our team kind of came together and realized that we had been down before. We just had to believe because we can be very scary. Errors are going to happen and big innings are going to happen. We realized that there was a lot of game left to play."

With LSU trailing the Bearkats by a score of 5-4 in the eighth inning, Bregman once again provided a spark for the Tigers. He took a two-strike pitch and delivered a single over the second baseman to get the rally going for LSU.

Bregman eventually scored the game-tying run when the Sam Houston shortstop couldn't handle a ground ball off the bat of Raph Rhymes on a hit-and-run. For Bregman, it wasn't a surprise that he scored the winning run, especially given the situation he was in.

"I was just trying to get something started and get some energy going," said Bregman. "After I got on base, Mason [Katz], Raph [Rhymes] and Christian [Ibarra] all did great jobs. It was like déjà vu when I scored that run. It was a great team win."

LSU produced a record crowd for Saturday's game. With the Tigers struggling to find a spark throughout the game, Bregman believes that the atmosphere that the fans created in Alex Box Stadium helped LSU make the comeback that they did.

"I think our fans are the best fans in college baseball," said Bregman. "They were definitely there tonight and it was very fun to play in that atmosphere. I think they feed off of our energy and we feed off of theirs. When they got crazy, we kicked it into gear."

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